Rhondda Cynon Taf Council will shortly complete a vital road traffic scheme in the village of Penderyn.
Every year the Council invests heavily in its highways, including carrying out various works to ensure that our towns and villages are safe for everyone to enjoy. During 2013/14 the Council together with the Welsh Government has allocated and secured over £1M to carry out a number of important road safety improvements, right across Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Villagers in the Penderyn area have lobbied the Council for a 30mph speed limit to be introduced in the area, along the A4059 from Hirwaun to Penderyn, especially in the vicinity of the village school.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to announce that almost £30,000 is currently being invested in the area in a bid to improve safety in the village. So far the Council has installed safety measures, including making the whole of the thoroughfare in the village a 30mph zone.
Previously the A4059 in the area was subject to a National speed limit from the A465 Hirwaun roundabout, dropping to 40mph from the southern end of the village of Penderyn until it changed to a 30mph speed limit adjacent to Hanson’s Quarry. This continued to the northern boundary of the village before reverting to 40mph and subsequently the National speed limit.
The Council was also keen to go even further by introducing a part-time 20mph zone around Penderyn Primary School. Once complete the new 20mph zone will be in operation from 8am until 9am and 3pm until 4pm, Monday to Friday during term times. The variable speed limit will be displayed on prominent electronic signs, which will be installed shortly.
Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, said: “The Penderyn Traffic Scheme is further testament to our commitment to consulting local people and investing capital where it matters most, despite savage cuts from the UK Government. This includes a high number of highway safety schemes throughout the County Borough.
“Clearly the safety of villagers and school children is of paramount importance, which is why Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has made it a priority to address the problem in this area.”